VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the fourth installment of “VITAL SIGNS,” the company's semi-annual festival of new one-acts and short plays, featuring the work of emerging playwrights from across the country. The festival will run Thursdays through Sundays at 7:00 p.m. from October 18th through November 18th. Vital Theatre Company is located at 432 West 42nd Street on the 3rd floor (between 9th and 10th Avenues).
Over the past three years Vital Theatre Company has created an artistic home for theatre artists in its intimate venue on Theatre Row. Vital Theatre Company’s semi-annual new works festival is an opportunity for writers to stage works that have been in development in Vital’s bi-monthly Writers Workshop. The festival also features a number of new works submitted from outside sources. Past festivals have been hailed as a “delightfully racy evening of high-energy fun, courtesy of ... talented emerging playwrights and Vital Theatre's engaging ensemble” (oobr) and that it provided “the thrill of discovery of exciting new work and gifted new talent” (NY Theatre Experience). The complete festival schedule is as follows:
Week One - October 18th-21st
“Afternoon Sun” by RICH ORLOFF, directed by Sharon Fallon; “Coming Back Home” by BRENT ASKARI, directed by Laura M. Stevens; “The Witching Hour” by KARA E. HARTIG, directed by Annie Levy; and “Whodunit” by ANDREA LEPCIO, directed by Sharon Fallon; and “Naked Ambition” by Eric R. Pfeffinger, directed by Laura M. Stevens.
Week Two - October 25th- 28th
“Crossing Guard” by ANTHONY GIUNTA, directed by Mark Harborth; “The Dark Side of the Moon” by ROBERT MOULTHROP, directed by Laura M. Stevens; “Out of Uniform” by ETHAN KANFER, directed by Tom Herman; and “Man Woman Dragon” by MARK LOEWENSTERN, directed by Rasa Allan Kazlas.
Week Three - November 1st- 4th
“February 14” by SETH KRAMER, directed by Michelle Travis; “Past Lives” by JENNY LYN BADER, directed by Michelle Travis; and “Western Blue” by CAROLINE PRUGH, directed by Tina Bishko.
Week Four - November 8th- 11th
“Match” by MARC CHUN directed by Tamara Fisch; “Bringing Up Lester” by STEPHEN BITTRICH, directed by Michelle Travis; “Gandi Goes Fishing ” by ALBERT SJOERDSMA, JR., directed by Tom Herman; “A Moving Experience” by FRED SAHNER, directed by Keith Greer; and “So Over It” by GARY GIOVANNETTI, directed by Sharon Fallon.
Week Five - November 15th- 18th
“Two Drink Minimum” by EMILIO IASIELLO, directed by Allison Modaferri; “Train Thought” by MARTHA MICHAELA BROWN, directed by Nicole Lerario; “Port Authority” by JIM DOYLE, directed by Chris Bellis; “Happy Meal” by RICHARD COTTRELL, directed by Annie Levy; and “When the Dodgers Left Brooklyn” by D. Lee Miller.
“VITAL SIGNS” begins performances Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. and runs Thursdays through Sundays at 7:00 p.m. through November 18th.